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Burren Food Fayre

Save the date - 29th and 30th October 2016!

Burren Food Fayre

The Burren Food Fayre Weekend will hold its 5th annual food themed event in Lisdoonvarna on the October bank holiday weekend – 29th and 30th October 2016. As part of the Winterage Festival, the Food Fayre showcases the fabulous Burren produce.

This festival weekend stretches over 2 days with Food Workshops on the Saturday at the Spa Wells, Lisdoonvarna from 2.00 – 5.00 pm and a free entry Food Fayre on Sunday at the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna from 12.00 – 5.00 pm. The event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N.) and will have a focus on the food produce offered by the Food Trail members. On both days there will be a strong emphasis on local produce, promoting the delicious flavours of the Burren.

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2016

A food themed weekend of workshops, food stalls, competitions and chef demonstrations promoting the Burren’s range of local produce. Saturday Food Workshops and Sunday a Free Entry Food Fayre.

SATURDAY 29th October, 

Artisan Food Workshops – 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

Location: The Spa Wells, Lisdoonvarna

Cost: €30 for 3 workshops

Each of the following workshops will be repeated in each time slot

  • Birgitta Curtin Burren Smokehouse, Smoking Fish at Home
  • Lisa Guinan Herbalist, Healthy Vinegars…Combining vinegar and foods for wellbeing
  • Neil Hawes Burren Craft Butcher, Making the best of your BURREN Beef and lamb
  • Val O’Connor Food Writer, Kombucha workshop
  • Sinead Garvey Learn how to make Paneer  in 3 easy steps. Cheese making made  easy
  • Ceribhuil Ni Fhionghusa Nature connection ceremony-wild roots, nuts,and berries, live music, take home gift.


Burren Food Trail Café – Opens at 1pm 

Burren Beílíní Buffet – Opens at 1pm with Beílíní making demonstrations

SUNDAY 30th October

The Pavilion Lisdoonvarna 

Foraging Walk – 11am

Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen will lead a foraging walk in the surrounds of Lisdoonvarna. Meeting point is the foyer of the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna and spaces are limited.

The event is sponsored by Lisdoonvarna Community Council

Food Fayre – 12pm-5pm

The Sunday Food Fayre will be officially opened by top local chef, Enda McEvoy and will include food stalls, chef demonstrations, tastings and competitions.

Cookery demonstrations kick off at 1pm with 3 “Up and Coming” chefs competing in the Burren Culinaire Competition.

The Fayre is also inviting budding home chefs to create a dish comprising local and home-grown ingredients from around the region for the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition. The competition features two categories for adults and secondary school students and entries will be assessed on the day by a panel of judges.

The Fayre concludes at 5.00pm on Sunday with the announcements of the winners of the Burren Masterchef and Burren Culinaire competitions taking place from 4pm along with the publically voted ‘Taste of the Fayre’ and the ‘Most Attractive Stall’ awards.

Contact for details: Chris O’Neil 0657074208

More information: www.facebook.com/Burren-Food-Fayre-369011469969608/

Venue: The Pavilion (Town Hall) Lisdoonvarna. Free to enter.

This event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Food Trail in conjunction with Burren Beo Winterage Festival.


Burren Culinaire Competition

The competition will have two rounds of judging and an overview of the process is as follows:

Round  1:             Written Submissions

Each entrant submits a detailed description of a seasonal dish of their choice elaborated with:

  • a food story in relation to their dish:  inspiration, seasonality, local artisan used, how the dish best represents the locality they are coming from
  • a plan of work for their dish, outlining cookery methods used and ingredients
  • a photo of their finished dish.

Judges will also be looking for originality, use of seasonal produce and a solid understanding of the ingredients used.  The closing date for entries is 30th of September 2016.


Round 2:              Live Cookery Challenge

Three selected finalists will get the opportunity to cook their dish for a live audience during the Burren Food Fayre festival on Sunday 30th October 2016.  Judging will be by a panel of 3 judges led by Peter Jackson, Executive Head Chef, Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare.

The winner will be announced on the day.   All finalists will receive a certificate, €50 towards expenses, a weekend at The Burren Food Fayre including a Masterclass demonstration with local chef, Aiden McGrath, free entrance to the Food Workshops and a Foraging walk as well as accommodation and a meal on the Saturday evening. The winning entrant will also receive a trophy and a cash prize of €250

Click Here to Download an Entry Pack Burren-Culinaire-Entrant-Pack-2016

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